How to spend New Year's Eve in Japan

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How does Japanese spend in New Year's Eve? 

Talking about New year's Eve in Japan, these words come across my mind. 

- Joya no Kane (除夜の鐘)
- Kohaku Uta Gassen (紅白歌合戦)
- Toshikoshi Soba (年越しそば)

All we appreciate this day, look back on this year, and decide next year's resolution. Also, a lot of people go back to their home town and they take their time with their families and enjoy a new year. 

Joya no Kane (Midnight Tolling of the Temple Bells)

Joya-no-Kane is one of the event on New year's Eve in Japan. This event is held every year around Japan and the family waits up to hear the Joya-no-Kane, or midnight tooling of the temple bells. They usually strike the bell 108 times and there are various theories as to the 108 strokes. All Japanese thinks it is an important event to close out their current year.

Kohaku Uta Gassen (Red and White Singing Contest)

Kohaku Uta Gassen is an annual music show on New Year's Eve produced by Japanese public broadcaster NHK and broadcast on television and radio. Kohaku (紅白) means Red and White. In the show, male artists belong to White team and female artists belong to Red team, and they sing their song one after the other. Usually it starts on 7:00 pm and ends on 11:45 pm. As Kohaku ends, it's almost the end of the year. We hear Joya-no-Kane during the song program. 

2013 Kohaku Uta Gassen Official Website

Toshikoshi Soba (A bowl of hot soba noodles)

We have the habit of eating Soba noodle in New Year's Eve. Eating it, we watch Kohaku Uta Gassen, and hear Joya-no-Kane. This is an ordinary style in Japan for a long time. Also, this is how to enjoy New year's Eve for us. 

I found Joya-no-Kane APP for iTunes. lol


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